Doors & Cable Latch

Originally posted on 08-25-2010

Took 36 more lbs out of the car tonight. And now, it’s FINALLY starting to look like a prepared class car. It doesn’t officially become a Prepared class car until it’s got mismatched body panels. Also cut off the sail windows so it’ll be ready to go once we’re ready for the windshield to come out.

I got around to ordering / picking up the parts I needed for the inner door latches. The cable was very easy to find (Home Depot / Lowes hardware dept), but I wanted something fairly thin. It wasn’t going to be supporting any real load, so the lighter the better. I settled on 1/16″ cable. The problem there is finding cable clamps that small. Fortunately, McMaster Carr came to the rescue on that with some nice, stainless steel pieces. That said, small hardware = small fasteners, so I’m glad I had my “miniature combo wrench” set handy.

7/32″ wrench.

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Attachment at the actual latch mechanism. Notice the actuator rod behind it: A set of stock outer door pulls were sourced from Mazmart and installed as well.

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Attachment at the ‘hard point’ on the door. The little oval recess was already there from the factory, so I just drilled a hole through there to feed the cable, as it was an ideal location.

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View of the completed system. Basically just push any direction on the cable and it pops the latch open.

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